Victims From Warehouse Fire ID’d

Victims From Warehouse Fire ID’d

Eleven of the 36 victims who died in the Oakland warehouse fire late Friday night were identified Sunday evening by Oakland officials. Kris Sanchez reports. (Published 2 hours ago)

Eleven of the 36 victims who died in the Oakland warehouse fire late Friday night were identified morning.

But only seven of the victim’s names were made public so that families could have a moment to grieve, Alameda County Sheriff’s officials and Oakland police said.

The city also knows the identity of an eighth victim, but because that person is 17 and a minor, it would not release that person’s name. One person who died is the son of a sheriff’s deputy.

The victims who have been identified are Donna Kellogg, 32, of Oakland; Cash Askew, 22, of Oakland; David Cline, 35, of Oakland; Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, of Coronado, Calif.; Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek; Travis Hough, 35, of Oakland; and Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, of Hayward.

Survivors Nikki Kelber and Carmen Brito describe the horrific scene inside the converted Oakland warehouse where they lived as they fled for their lives and tried to help others escape the building where dozens died in a fire late Friday night. (Published 4 hours ago)

The death toll in the warehouse fire is expected to rise, but it will be days before recovery crews can access the entire structure, officials said. As of Sunday evening, they had made it through 35-40 percent of the building.

Kellogg, one of the first to be confirmed dead, was going to culinary school and worked at a local coffee shop, High Wire Roasters, in Berkeley. Her fellow employees just learned Sunday evening that she was killed in the fire.

Kellogg was a former resident of Chico who graduated from Chico High. One friend described her as a freewheeling, free-spirited, candid person.

Wittenauer, better known by his stage name Nex Iuguolo, was an electronic music artist and vocalist for the band Symbiotix Fungi.

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Hough also was a musician. He’s the musician behind the Oakland-based electronic band Ghost of Lightning. Hough often went by the stage name Travis Blitzen.

Askew, another musician, was a member of the Bay Area dream pop band Them Are Us Too.

Gomez-Hall was an administrative assistant at Counterpoint Press who called himself a decomposer of music.

Cline was a UC Berkeley graduate, having earned degrees in cognitive science and computer science.

Hoda’s friends on Facebook said she was a teacher, gardener and a hardworking person who loved children.

The victims’ families have been notified. Other names are expected to be released in the coming days. Some of the victims are noncitizens, officials said.

The Alameda County Coroner’s Bureau has asked that the families of people who are still missing “preserve sources of DNA,” including combs and toothbrushes, to “prevent future delays” in the identification process. She also asked that such items be stored in clean paper sacks, but not sent to the coroner’s bureau. Officials will ask for them, if needed.

Published at 7:11 PM PST on Dec 4, 2016 | Updated 9 minutes ago

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